Use a Steamer! Rice, Veggies & Meat


Buying a steamer is the best thing I ever did to save time in the kitchen. Honestly, it couldn’t be any easier. You place the rice and veggies in the steamer and turn it on. Hey, presto!

If you haven’t used a steamer before, here’s my advice:

For rice: for rice, I put double the quantity of water in with the rice. So, for example, let’s say I put 1 cup of rice in my steamer’s rice dish. I would then add 2 cups of water. You want your rice to be nice and fluffy and soft.

For the veggies: cut away and pop in the tray. It’s really that easy. Aim to include lots of different coloured vegetables. My favourites are: carrots, broccoli, red and yellow capsicums, bok choy or silverbeat and zucchini.

Note: the rice takes longer to cook than the veggies. I usually place both rice and veggies on the steamer to begin, turn it on, then keep an eye on the veggies. When they are soft enough, take off the steamer and run under cold water quickly to retain colour and arrest cooking. Then, cover with a tea towel or foil to keep warm until the rice is done.

Add meat: Steaming rice and veggies, and adding a meat of some sort, is my staple mid-week dinner. I’ll be honest, I’m not a big red meat eater. In fact, I was a vegetarian for much of my life. I started eating meat after the birth of my first child – I’ll leave this story for another time! You’ll notice there is only a little bit of cut-up lamb chops in this image. That’s enough for me.

Quick meat tip: For the purpose of this discussion, I’m going to include fish as a meat. The easiest way to add a protein/meat to steamed rice and veggies is to throw a piece of fish on some tin foil and put in the oven to bake for 7-10 minutes. My favourites are salmon and flathead. Drizzle with lemon if you wish. Add to your rice and veggies. There, you have a balanced, low fat, nutritious meal!

* All I did for the meal in the photo is fry some lamb chops in the frypan

Time-saving tip: I make way more rice and veggies than is needed for dinner. I freeze it in portions. Some of these will become re-heatable dinners for me on nights when I’m too tired to cook; other, smaller, frozen portions are used by my daughter at dancing on nights when she needs to heat her dinner there.

Here’s a similar steamer to the one I use. You should be able to click on the link to check it out. It comes with a rice bowl too. Yay!

BELLA 7.4 Quart Healthy Food Steamer, Dual Basket


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